Did you ever hear the story about the Fortune 500 CEO who skipped his Clarity Break™? The next day, he was so frazzled, and so unable to continue building his sinking company, that he filed for bankruptcy, moved to the Bahamas, and was never heard from again.
Okay, so you’ve probably never heard this story because it didn’t actually happen. I’m being a little over-dramatic here, because the world will not actually end, and your business won’t immediately tank if you skip this post about Clarity Breaks. However, the drama is a little bit necessary to emphasize that taking Clarity Breaks isn’t an optional convenience: It’s critical to the health of your business.
Let’s back this train up. What is a Clarity Break?
A Clarity Break, a feature of the EOS® process, is a great opportunity for a leader of an organization to step away from their day-to-day responsibility, escape the noise, and recapture their thoughts. As EOS Worldwide defines it: “A Clarity Break is a regularly scheduled appointment on your calendar with yourself to work on your business. Clarity Breaks allow you to clear your head, envision the future, think strategically, and focus on what’s most important.” These are crucial, particularly for leaders responsible for growing and driving a business according to a specific vision.
However, the leaders who need Clarity Breaks the most are the same ones most likely to say, “I’m too busy to do that!” In practical terms, here’s how you make this Clarity Break actually happen:
Even if taking a break to work on the business seems impossible, remember that you owe it to your organization to create your vision for the future. If you don’t take the break, you’ll never give yourself the space to rise above minutiae and think and dream big. Will you go bankrupt if you skip Clarity Breaks? Probably not, but you might eventually become stagnant, dragged down by external pressure. And frankly, the slow decline might be an even worse fate.
If you need to spend more time working on your business, give me a call anytime. I’m a crossword-puzzle, Clarity Break kind of guy, but I know how to help you and your organization find the time to build towards the future. Call or email anytime, no strings attached.